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Echinocereus mojavensis

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Family: CactaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb, shrub, tree, generally fleshy. Stem: cylindric to spheric, or flat; surface smooth, tubercled, or ribbed (grooved); nodal areoles bearing flowers. Leaf: generally 0 or early-deciduous, flat to +- cylindric. Spines: areoles generally with central, radial spines, occasionally with glochids. Flower: generally 1 per areole, bisexual [unisexual], sessile, radial [bilateral]; perianth parts generally many [5], scale-like to petal-like; stamens many; ovary inferior [superior], style 1, stigma lobes generally several [many]. Fruit: dry to fleshy or juicy, indehiscent to variously dehiscent, spiny, scaly, or naked; tubercled or smooth. Seed: generally many, occasionally 0--few.
Genera In Family: +- 125 genera, +- 1800 species: America (especially deserts), Africa; many cultivated, some edible. Note: Spines smaller, fewer (0) in shade forms; yellow spines blacken in age. Introduced species increasingly escape cultivation. Hybridization common in some genera. Taxa of Escobaria in TJM (1993) moved to Coryphantha.
eFlora Treatment Author: Bruce D. Parfitt, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Bruce D. Parfitt, Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: EchinocereusView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Generally erect to ascending, [sprawling, pendent, or decumbent], branched or not, branches generally few--500, occasionally in dense mounds. Stem: [2]5--60[200] cm, (1)4--15 cm diam, spheric to long-cylindric, soft, not regularly segmented; ribs prominent, 4--13[26], tubercles +- 0 along rib-crests. Spines: [0]4--55 per areole, < 2 mm diam, needle- to dagger-like, glabrous to puberulent, straight, curved, or curly; central spines (0)1--6(9). Flower: lateral, near distal margin of spine cluster; perianth purple to lavender, orange, or red [yellow or green]; ovary glabrous, spiny, scales minute. Fruit: spheric to obovoid, indehiscent or splitting laterally, densely spiny, spine clusters deciduous. Seed: 0.8--2 mm, obovoid to +- spheric, dull, wrinkled or tubercled, generally black.
Species In Genus: 49 species: southwestern United States, Mexico. Etymology: (Greek: hedgehog + Cereus)

Echinocereus mojavensis (Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow) Rümpler
Habit: Plant generally forming dense mounds to 1 m diam. Stem: 1--500, 5--40 cm, 5--15 cm diam, +- spheric to cylindric; ribs 5--12; tubercles +- prominent on ribs. Spines: 3--11 per areole, highly variable, generally gray; central spines (0)1--6, similar to radial spines, generally curved or curly and twisted. Flower: narrowly funnel-shaped. Fruit: 20--25 mm, spines minutely puberulent. Chromosomes: 2n=22.
Ecology: Dry habitats; Elevation: 150--3000 m. Bioregional Distribution: SnBr, W&I, D; Distribution Outside California: to Utah, Arizona. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun
Synonyms: Echinocereus triglochidiatus Engelm.; Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. mojavensis (Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow) L.D. Benson
eFlora Treatment Author: Bruce D. Parfitt
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Citation for this treatment: Bruce D. Parfitt 2016. Echinocereus mojavensis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 01, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 01, 2016.

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Geographic subdivisions for Echinocereus mojavensis:
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